We challenge you to non-violently raise your voices as well as your heart rates.
What creative ways can you think of to become active politically, physically?
Don’t be intimidated out of taking action and making moves on your own behalf! Use this day to write letters to legislators, letters to editors, to neighbors, to people around the world! Issue a proclamation telling the world about your CREATIVE MALADJUSTMENT!
The second part is related to freedom. Make a move for positive, non-violent bodily freedom! Take a walk, a run, dance, etc.
On this day, we challenge you to make a move!
1. Organize some local folks to meet for coffee and construct a letter on a piece of legislation that relates to what YOU’RE creatively maladjusted to. Write a group letter or invite everyone present to write their own personal letters. And MAIL them off! Include a celebratory MARCH TO THE POST OFFICE if you like.
2. Organize a parade through your local town that celebrates humanity and diversity! Make it kid friendly, and friendly to people of all ages. Invite local musicians to join and form a marching band. Carry signs, banners, posters, and flags to send a message loud and clear about what YOU’RE creatively maladjusted to!
3. Arrange a dance party at a local club, art gallery, etc — or even an outdoor, public dance party in a local downtown square. (Make sure to call around to see if permits are necessary…)
Martin Luther King, Jr. on ACTION and MOVEMENT
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree… We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
(“ ” 12-24-1967)